RULES OF THE HOUSE
STATE OF HAWAII
THE NINETEENTH STATE LEGISLATURE
(1997-1998)



PART I. ORGANIZING THE HOUSE
Rule 1. Election of Officers; Selection of Party Leaders;
Succession

1.1. When the House convenes, the member from the First
Representative District shall act as temporary
presiding officer. The House shall then immediately
elect a temporary chair. The temporary chair shall
appoint a temporary Clerk and a credentials committee
of not less than three members.

1.2. The credentials committee shall immediately examine
the credentials of the members elected. If a
majority of the credentials are in order, the
credentials committee shall report this to the House,
and the temporary chair shall order the temporary
Clerk to call the roll.

1.3. The temporary Chair shall then appoint a committee of
not less than three members to wait upon a justice of
the Supreme Court or a judge of the Intermediate
Court of Appeals or Circuit Court to administer the
oath of office, as required by the Constitution of
the State of Hawaii. After the oath has been duly
administered, the House shall organize by electing by
resolution, a Speaker, Vice Speaker, Clerk, Assistant
Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Assistant Sergeants-at-
Arms and by adopting Rules.

1.4. The members of the majority and minority parties
shall designate, respectively, a Leader, Floor
Leader, and such Assistant Leaders and Assistant
Floor Leaders as they may choose to have.

1.5. The Speaker and Vice Speaker shall hold office during
the term for which they are elected to the House,
unless sooner removed by majority vote of the House.
If they are reelected to membership in the House for
the succeeding term, they shall retain their
respective positions until the day before the opening
day of the succeeding Legislature.

1.6. The Majority Leader, the Majority Floor Leader, the
Minority Leader, the Minority Floor Leader, and such
Assistant Leaders and Assistant Floor Leaders as the
majority and minority parties may select shall hold
office during the term for which they were elected to
the House, unless sooner removed by their respective
parties.

1.7. If the office of Speaker becomes vacant, the Vice
Speaker shall serve as acting Speaker until a
successor Speaker is duly elected.

1.8. Any vacancy in the office of Speaker and Vice Speaker
shall be filled by election.


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